Monthly Archives: October 2013
Bourbon Name: Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit: Last Millenium Bourbon Whiskey
Distiller: A. Smith Bowman Distillery
What does the distiller say: “Each Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Whiskey expression is truly unique. It is released periodically, always with a distinct flavor profile and expression. These special releases are very limited and once released, are unlikely to be repeated.”
Age: Mix of 15 Year & 13 Year
Color: ( 90 / 100 ) Antique Copper
Nose: ( 88 / 100 )
Bright vanilla, mild cinnamon, and sweet bread pudding
Taste: ( 88 / 100 )
Vanilla and light coffee on the front palate give way to strong mid-palate flavors
Tobacco and leather dominate the mid-palate sweeping away the front palate sweetness
Finish: ( 88 / 100 )
The tobacco and leather linger through a finish of moderate duration. By no means is it short, but it does not carry on the way we expect from a premium bourbon
Overall Rating: ( 88 / 100 ) Don’t Buy
The latest Abraham Bowman bottling, Last Millenium, is certainly a good whiskey, but it is closer to a John J. Bowman release than the exalted Abraham Bowman line. At its price point of approximately $80 per 750 ml, I think we have to mark it a DON’T BUY. The name Abraham Bowman sets the bar pretty high, and this particular version just doesn’t hit the mark. There are several offerings in the $50 – $70 range that are as good, if not better.
Bourbon Name: Medley Bros.
Distiller: Charles Medley Distillery
What does the distiller say: Originally, Medley Brothers was sold in 1958. This month marks 55 years that the Medley Brothers label has been off the market. We’reproud to have reclaimed the label so that we can be here today to announce the return of Medley Brothers!
Age: 4 – 5 years
Amber. Reminiscent of its cousin, Old Medley 12 Yr.
Youthful grain with aromas of caramel and butterscotch
Momentary sweet grain on the front palate with hints of caramel and vanilla
Oak rising in the mid-palate adds complexity and balance
The finish is faster than we would like, but a prominent leather component adds nicely to the mid-palate complexity.
Overall Rating: (87/100) Recommended
Medley Brothers is the latest offering from Charles Medley Distillery. While not as refined as Old Medley 12 Year, it also retails at just half the price of its older cousin. With a mashbill of 77% corn, 10% rye, and 13 % malted barley, you’ll find Medley Brothers a pleasant sipper with a sub-$30 price tag, and at 102 proof, you’ll find that Medley Brothers stands up nicely in your favorite mixed drinks.
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